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Lakers hit the free-agent ground running, with LeBron James in sights
Lakers hit the free-agent ground running, with LeBron James in sights

The Lakers were active on the phones Monday night, lobbing calls to representatives of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony when free agency began at 9:01 p.m. Pacific time. They want to set up meetings with the high-powered free agents, even though the battle is more uphill than anything against two powerful opponents — the Miami Heat and Phil Jackson. The Lakers are leery that James will return Miami but they still want the chance to meet with him and pitch themselves as perennial championship contenders. They also hope to sit down Thursday with Anthony but realize Jackson, the new president of the New York Knicks, will probably get the final meeting with the high-scoring small...

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